I decided to learn more about my Illustrator program so I signed up for Skillshare. I love the mini classes.
What would we do without videos these days?
The first class I took was Digital Illustration: Doodles to Designs by Jon Burgerman.
First the teacher had us draw doodles. The first one was doodle with your eyes closed!
Second one we had to doodle what we know.
The third thing he had us turn the page as we drew and not pick up the marker.
The final drawing was a new piece of paper and trace things from all three doodles that we wanted in our new drawing.
We scanned it into Photoshop to clean up the lines and the background. A new skill that I knew was possible but was not sure how to go about it. Once it was cleaned up we opened it into Illustrator and he walked us through the Live Trace and the Live Paint option. I had fiddled with those two things but could never get them to work right.
Happy camper to know how to do them now. 🙂
Here is the cleaned up version of lines.
My colorful explosion.
I have a saved file for the basic line drawing so I can go in and do different color combinations. I am definitely going to work on more doodles so I can get more of a picture out of it than this one was.
The neat thing is you can have this put on different items like T-shirts, mugs, etc. I do have a Zazzle shop (click on Zazzle and it will take you there) that has a couple of my images from a long time ago. I hope to get more designs on there as I get better at creating.
I find doing projects like this gets my creative mode going and it is a nice break from writing and editing. 🙂
Plus, makes for great household decorations! 🙂
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!